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Plain Language in the Sciences

Science (and engineering) is often considered a highly exclusive domain, with participation requiring significant education and practical experience. One of the ways that science and engineering maintains its exclusivity is through its highly specialized language and rhetorical conventions. For example, the scientific paper has traditionally had a gatekeeping …

Finding your Voice and Verbs in Engineering

In her paper “‘Here We Show’: Teaching Engineering Students to Reason with an Audience,” to be delivered at ProComm 2020, Dr. Suzanne Lane argues that learning to use first-person discourse alongside with active voice is an important step in becoming an engineer. 

Although the use of …

Cognitive Biases in Technical Communication

How aware are you of your cognitive biases and how they can impact your reception and delivery of communication? In a paper to be delivered at ProComm2020, Quan Zhou categorizes and outlines over twenty cognitive biases that can play into the communication act. 

The Cognitive Bias …

ProComm 2020 is going online!

Dear Colleagues, 

In consideration for the safety of our participants, continued challenges to global travel, large gatherings, and reduced academic funding, IEEE ProComm 2020 has switched to a completely online format. While we are disappointed not to be meeting you at Kennesaw, we hope the event …

The June 2020 of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is Now Available

The new issue is now available online.

Research Articles:

Go or No Go: Learning to Persuade in an Early-Stage Student Entrepreneurship Program, by C. Spinuzzi, D. Altounian, and G. P. Pogue

Early-stage accelerator programs teach new entrepreneurs how to identify and exploit venture opportunities. In doing so, they implicitly …

Flatten the Curve: Why certain messages catch on

When communicating about risk, the hope is to craft appropriate messaging to motivate appropriate action and understanding by the public. This is often challenging, particularly when there is so much scientific uncertainty involved in the risk. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, many messages have been developed …

Communicating Leadership in a Crisis

Photo: Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have witnessed many stark examples of strong, responsible leadership – and some examples of not so responsible leadership. This leadership has been demonstrated through legislative action, but also through acts of communication …